Pictured: Drea Dicarlo and Julian Rivera. Photo courtesy of Tradewind Arts Asian American Artists.
Tradewind Arts Asian American Artists has announced their first fully produced play, EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM by Filipino-American playwright A. Rey Pamatmat.
Pamatmat has created a “wonderfully rich script with roles fully fleshed out and written specifically for actors of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent – theater never before seen in Kansas City,” according to the press release.
Directed by Andi Meyer, and hosted by UMKC Theatre, this limited run production features Drea DiCarlo, Julian Rivera, and J. Will Fritz.
The creative team includes Mark Anthony Exline (set design), Ashley Dover (stage manager), Pamela Meadows (lighting designer), Amado Espinoza (music consultant), and Sean Bailey (sound design).
Brother and sister Kenny and Edith have been in charge of themselves ever since their father abandoned them on a Midwestern farm. Joined by their friend Benji, the kids make their own meals, get themselves to school, fly by the seat of their pants, and try to construct a life for themselves. Their tenuous structure begins to crumble as Benji and Kenny become more than friends, and Edith shoots something – and hits it.
EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM was first developed in the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, read as a part of the Public Theatre’s 2010 NEW WORK NOW series, and was originally presented by the Victory Garden Theatre, (Chicago, Illinois) as a part of IGNITION 2010. It was first produced in a rolling world premiere by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Actor’s Express Theatre Company in Atlanta, GA, New Theatre in Coral Gables, FL, and Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis, MN. EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM is the recipient of a 2012 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation, and a 2013 nominee for a GLAAD Media Award, in Outstanding Los Angeles Theater.
Committed to reflecting the cultural wealth of Kansas City by engaging new, diverse, and sustainable audiences through artistic excellence, casting and programming practices, Tradewind Arts Asian American Artists is an organization dedicated to illuminating and empowering the Asian American and Pacific Islander voice.
EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM runs June 14-19, 2017 at the UMKC Grant Hall, Room 105, 5298 Charlotte St. Kansas City, MO 64110. Wed-Thurs/7:30 PM, Fri-Sat/8 PM Sun/2pm & 7:30 PM, Mon (Industry Night)/7:30 PM. Tickets range from $20/$25 with student rush tickets for $15 cash, 10 minutes before curtain with student ID. For ticket purchase visit http://bit.ly/2rjQ2OI.